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J&J Sees Male Breasts And Quickly Settles Risperdal Suit - Forbes

J&J Sees Male Breasts And Quickly Settles Risperdal Suit - Forbes | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Just as a trial in a Pennsylvania state court was about to begin, Johnson & Johnson settled the case, the first of dozens of such lawsuits charging its Risperdal antipsychotic has caused gynecomastia – the abnormal development of large mammary...
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Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting

Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Patients who avoid taking statins for managing high cholesterol because of side effects face hurdles to costly new treatments like Praluent.
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Teva closes in on Allergan’s generics unit - FT.com

Teva closes in on Allergan’s generics unit - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Teva Pharmaceutical, the Israeli drugmaker, is nearing a deal to acquire Allergan’s generics drug unit for between $40bn and $45bn, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal, which one person said could be announced within days, would be
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Researchers say 'don't waste your time surfing' online medical symptom checkers

Researchers say 'don't waste your time surfing' online medical symptom checkers | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Online symptom checkers often misdiagnose patients’ problems.
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Who Are Patient Portals Really For? | THCB

Who Are Patient Portals Really For? | THCB | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
I find it remarkable that the industry pushes us so hard to use these patient portals, since they offer so little of value to meeting our health needs. With more portals launching every week, and an estimated $900 million spent on them annually by 2017, more and more “patients” will be asking themselves the question, “What am I supposed to do with this?”
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Does high TV ad rotation give patients the wrong idea about drugs?

Who carries more weight with patients: celebrities, models or real people? What one change would influential patients make to pharma's advertising? WEGO Health tried to get some answers from high-profile patients.

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In a study focusing on "patient influencers"--those who lead disease groups or online awareness sites, among others--WEGO focused mainly on ways drugmakers can or should develop relationships with patients. But as Medical Marketing & Media reports, the respondents also sounded off on DTC advertising and promotions.

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Anthem closes in on $48bn Cigna takeover - FT.com

Anthem closes in on $48bn Cigna takeover - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Anthem is close to acquiring Cigna for more than $48bn, in what would be the second health-insurance deal to be spurred as a direct reaction to Obamacare. Anthem would value Cigna at $187 per share, said people involved in the negotiations. However,
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The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
New entrants and established players are racing to create the next generation of medical products and services.
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What do you do when your prescription costs $34,000 a year?

What do you do when your prescription costs $34,000 a year? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Some states try to find ways to make medicines more affordable.
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Bonuses granted to senior Vertex executives are increasingly rare, compensation specialists say - The Boston Globe

Bonuses granted to senior Vertex executives are increasingly rare, compensation specialists say - The Boston Globe | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
As Vertex seeks US approval for a new cystic fibrosis therapy that could treat as many as 22,000 patients and help generate profits, critics are questioning more than $53 million in retention bonuses given to senior executives last year that seemingly offer incentives to charge high prices for a drug that helps people with a potentially fatal disease breathe more easily.
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Uber Cofounder's 'Uber For Healthcare' Startup Raises $14 Million

Uber Cofounder's 'Uber For Healthcare' Startup Raises $14 Million | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
"Uber for healthcare" startup Pager has raised $14 million in part because of a key cofounder: Uber's own Oscar Salazar. Next up for Salazar? Education.
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Americans want Medicare to help negotiate down drug prices: poll

Americans want Medicare to help negotiate down drug prices: poll | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
By Kylie Gumpert NEW YORK (Reuters) - A vast majority of Americans say the Medicare health program for the elderly should be able to negotiate with drug companies to set lower medication prices, a practice currently prohibited by law, according to a survey released on Friday. The poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 87 percent of people surveyed want Medicare to have the authority to press drugmakers for greater discounts. The skyrocketing prices for crucial medicines have h
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Study: Family caregiving more ‘complex, stressful' than ever

Study: Family caregiving more ‘complex, stressful' than ever | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
When Ellie Dobbin became a caregiver five years ago for her husband, Mike, she was working part time and able to leave him alone for a few hours in the morning.
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Allergan signals appetite for new mega deal after $41bn disposal - FT.com

Allergan signals appetite for new mega deal after $41bn disposal - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
It is just over a year since Brent Saunders became chief executive of Allergan, then known as Actavis, but he has changed the company beyond recognition. First up was his acquisition of Botox owner Allergan for $70bn last year, and the adoption of
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Anthem-Cigna Deal Is Bad For Doctors On Obamacare Networks

Anthem-Cigna Deal Is Bad For Doctors On Obamacare Networks | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
News that Anthem (ANTM) will buy Cigna (CI) for $54 billion-- a deal that closely follows the proposed merger of Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) -- will intensify regulators’ focus on antitrust issues in the health insurance industry. Because Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna creates the nation’s largest health insurer with [...]
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The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer

The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.
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Conclusion: Is Healthcare Really so Expensive?

Conclusion: Is Healthcare Really so Expensive? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
My goal for this website was to try to understand a system that has an enormous financial impact on everyone, but makes almost no sense to anyone. It's a system with hidden costs, enormous mark…
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Shire still on the hunt for acquisitions - FT.com

Shire still on the hunt for acquisitions - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Shire, the UK-listed drugmaker, still sees opportunities for growth-boosting acquisitions despite the surge in valuations in the sector, according to its chief executive. Flemming Ornskov said the group continued to hunt for deals — big and small —
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Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials - FT.com

Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Dozens of big investors have backed a campaign by British activists for more transparency in the pharmaceuticals industry. BNP Paribas and Aviva Investors are among 85 pension funds and asset managers from Europe, the US and Australia urging
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Breakthrough allows Type I diabetics to live without insulin injections

Breakthrough allows Type I diabetics to live without insulin injections | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The MUHC hopes it will become a centre of excellence for the procedure — known as an islet transplant — for eastern Quebec and the northeast United States.
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Fact: Pharmaceutical Companies Do Not Conduct Clinical Trials

Fact: Pharmaceutical Companies Do Not Conduct Clinical Trials | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Our business success and our companies’ reputations depend on the quality and credibility of the information that emerges from clinical trials.
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Eli Lilly's big Alzheimer's bet: Blockbuster or bust?

Eli Lilly's big Alzheimer's bet: Blockbuster or bust? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Sensing an enormous problem -- and a huge opportunity -- drug makers are scrambling to figure out a way to slow Alzheimer's down.
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Apps, sites can't replace your doctor - CNN.com

Apps, sites can't replace your doctor - CNN.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Apps and websites that ask for information and suggest a diagnosis are accurate only about half of the time.
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Study: Family caregiving more ‘complex, stressful' than ever

Study: Family caregiving more ‘complex, stressful' than ever | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
When Ellie Dobbin became a caregiver five years ago for her husband, Mike, she was working part time and able to leave him alone for a few hours in the morning.
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